Labor unions as ‘fixers’

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Los Angeles appears likely to follow in the footsteps of Seattle and San Francisco in mandating a $15/hour minimum wage. If you want to make sure youth unemployment skyrockets, you couldn’t come up with a better plan. The number of no-experience 16-year-olds who add more than $15 per hour to your business’s value is vanishingly small. […]

Which economic policies help the lower class?

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A former colleague of mine shared this Washington Post Wonkblog article on Facebook. Most of the article is unobjectionable. However, the part that is objectionable is very objectionable. The head and subhead: How growing up poor changes politicians Democrats from humble backgrounds more often vote for economic policies that help the lower class. For Republicans, upbringing doesn’t matter. […]

Don't do us any favors

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Back at the height of Catastrophic Anthropogenic (human-caused) Global Warming alarmism, our betters in Sacramento passed Assembly Bill 32 which created a carbon marketplace (a concept championed by the likes of Enron) that oil producers and power plant operators would have to participate in by buying credits to offset their carbon dioxide output. After several […]

You don't get mad at a dog for being a dog

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And you shouldn’t get angry at a lefty hack for being a lefty hack. I don’t blame MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber for this laughable piece of analysis that purports to claim that Obamacare is a net gain to the economy less than a week after the Congressional Budget Office released a report that estimated Obamacare will […]

Why Obamacare is doomed

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I posted a link to this article by Chris Conover at Forbes’ Apothecary blog at my “night job” website the other day. If this graphic turns out to be true, then expect Obamacare to go down in flames, taking a lot of Democrats with it. These numbers, if accurate, are devastating. The “losers” category is 55.3 percent […]

What's wrong with Obamacare

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To borrow a line from “Best of the Web Today”: Longest blog post ever written. I’m not going to actually try to provide a one-stop post detailing every screw-up surrounding the president’s signature health insurance reform. I’ve spent a lot of time over at my “second job” posting link after link after link to stories […]

The country’s in the very best of hands

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Earlier this year, President Obama disbanded his Jobs Council. With the election won, Obama didn’t need the flimsy cover that he actually cared about creating jobs anymore. Not that it mattered—the council seldom met and accomplished nothing. But at least the jobs council had people on it who created actual jobs. On Thursday, Obama sought […]

The Obama Economy

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Saturday night I went to see the Fresno Philharmonic with my best girl. (The concert was great, by the way.) The next day she showed me the following advertisement in the program. You’ll have to excuse the flare from the flash on my camera phone, but I thought Lennar’s “The Home Within a Home” (Service […]

Obama’s Trillions

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“Economists say the stimulus worked.” That’s one of the claims I heard over the Thanksgiving holiday, and it was thrown out in the middle of a completely different conversation, so I didn’t challenge the claim at the time. But last week as part of President Obama’s opening offer on avoiding the fiscal cliff, Treasury Secretary […]

God's economics

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Reading this bit of stupidity today made my blood boil. Americans often tell pollsters they yearn for a return to the Christian principles on which the U.S. was founded. If so, they should take a closer look at the Romney-Ryan ticket. Jesus’s teachings regarding wealth are nowhere to be found in Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. […]